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Perot Theatre is Going Frozen!

The Perot Theatre is going frozen for the 3rd annual Perot Holiday Traditions on December 19, 2020.  Olaf’s Frozen Adventure and Frozen will play on the largest indoor movie screen in Texarkana at 10AM with a repeat of the short film Olaf’s Frozen Adventure along with Frozen II at 2PM.  Festivities on Main Street, including Santa Claus, food trucks, and vendors, are from 12PM-2PM in front of the theatre.  There is a 100% chance of snow all day on Main Street! Thanks to the support of daytime movie sponsors, Snow Developments and Kinetic by Windstream, and returning event sponsor, Farmers Bank & Trust, ticket prices are $6 for the daytime movie package. The City of Texarkana, TX will offer hot chocolate and hot apple cider to festival attendees, served from the back of an antique fire truck.  Vendors will line the street for last-minute holiday gift shopping and food trucks will be on-site to grab a bite to eat between movies. 

In consideration of Covid-19 concerns, changes have been made to ensure attendees feel comfortable and safe.  In lieu of the craft table, prepackaged craft bags will be distributed to the younger ticket holders.  This modification will allow children to still create a memorable craft but without the risk of sharing supplies with others.  The Santa Claus experience will also be different than years past but will allow a safe interaction with Santa and offer a great photo opportunity.  The event space has been expanded and modified to allow more room for social distancing and staff will sanitize surfaces in and out of the theatre regularly. 

The nostalgic atmosphere begins at sunset with a horse-drawn carriage at the theatre from 5PM-7PM.  It’s a Wonderful Life ticket holders receive a complimentary ride in the gorgeous carriage.  The movie starts at 7PM, so arrive early to experience your carriage ride without being late to the movie.  Tickets for the evening movie, including the carriage ride, are $6 per person thanks to our event sponsor Farmers Bank & Trust. 

All of these holiday festivities will take place in or around the historic Perot Theatre at 221 Main Street in Downtown Texarkana with the support of Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, Perot Theatre, City of Texarkana, TX, and Texarkana Arts & Historic District. 

Call the Box Office at 903-792-4992 to purchase your tickets.  Seating is reserved due to distance seating guidelines. 
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Lone Star Song Search is accepting entries through Dec. 31

AUSTIN – Don’t mess with Texas is launching a contest as big as the Lone Star State to find its new anti-litter theme song. The Don’t mess with Texas “Lone Star Song Search” invites Texans to compose an original song to compete for prizes provided by iHeart Media, Guitar Center and the School of Rock. Two winners will be selected in two different categories with each winning valuable prizes. “The contest is an exciting way for Texans to add their voice to Don’t mess with Texas,” said Becky Ozuna, program administrator for the Don’t mess with Texas campaign. “We are seeking fresh and unique songs, written by Texans, to creatively communicate the importance of keeping our state clean and litter-free.”   

The Don’t mess with Texas “Lone Star Song Search” is open to Texas residents, ages 13 and above. Continue Reading →

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Small Business Challenge for Texarkana from November 20 to December 4 this year

Texarkana, USA: The Texarkana USA Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Texarkana Arkansas and Texas, Main Street Texarkana, and Greater Texarkana Young Professionals announced today that, as a member of the American Express Neighborhood Champion Program, it will be hosting a contest via social media as part of Small Business Saturday, which takes place on Nov 28 and all holiday season long. Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday celebrates the impact small businesses have on communities across the country. The Small Business Saturday Challenge will begin November 20 and end December 4. The challenge encourages community members to post a photo on Facebook and Instagram showing a proof of purchase from a local small business, and using the hashtag #ShopSmallTXK during the contest time frame. For every #ShopSmallTXK post, the participant will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Continue Reading →

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Doddridge Christmas in The Park

Christmas at the Park

November 28 at 5 p.m.

Doddridge, AR- On November 26 Thanksgiving will fill your hearts with family love and your waistline with calories, so why not take a trip to the park on Saturday? Saturday, November 28th, and just in time to walk off some of those calories, Doddridge will host “Christmas in the Park.” Don’t’ miss this opportunity for exercise…err…some fun with the family at the park! Doddridge Christmas in the Park has been referred to as a “Lifetime movie” by one Miller County elected official on social media. The event offers a glimpse of Christmas in the closing days of November. Continue Reading →

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Community Gardens – Rosehill and Beverly

The City of Texarkana, Texas in partnership with the Housing Authority of Texarkana, Texas (HATT), Rosehill Neighborhood Improvement Association and Believe in Beverly Neighborhood Association, recently completed the installation of a new community garden and upgrades to an existing community garden.  These projects were part of the city’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Action Plan, and HATT provided the lot for the new community garden in Rosehill located at the corner of Milam and W. 13th Street.  Volunteers from both neighborhood associations came together working hard to complete these gardens for the communities.  “These dedicated community volunteers were not only instrumental in completing these community gardens but have continuously volunteered their time for revitalization in our community” stated Kristi Kendrick, President of the Believe in Beverly Neighborhood Association. The new garden consists of eleven (11) raised garden boxes and eight (8) elevated garden boxes, three (3) picnic tables, and a water tank to catch rainwater.  Apple and fig trees were planted as well as blueberry bushes, with flowers planned for Spring planting.  At the Beverly Community Garden, additional raised beds were installed, fresh soil brought in for all beds, a new top installed on the rainwater tank, fig trees were planted as well as blueberries and raspberries.  A “Little Library” was installed at both community gardens as well as a new sign. The community gardens are open to anyone in the community who would like to grow their own vegetables, flowers, or herbs and everyone is encouraged to utilize the spaces.  The “Little Libraries” are designed with a take one – leave one concept.  All ages are encouraged to utilize the community gardens and little libraries. “This is an avenue to build community, spark creativity, and inspire our youth”, stated Rhonda Dolberry, President of Rosehill Neighborhood Improvement Association. “Enough cannot be said of how wonderful it was to have really great volunteers from organizations like Phi Lambda Chi National Fraternity, The Scholars and also individuals that want to see these neighborhoods continue to improve,” stated Vashil Fernandez, Community Development Specialist for the City of Texarkana, Texas. “This is a great start towards phase one of the neighborhood stabilization, which is to improve community engagement in the planning and implementation of various strategies for development.”


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Texarkana Community Ballet to be featured at 1894 Trade Days

1894 Gallery downtown Texarkana

Texarkana, AR – The 1894 Trade Days will have a variety of events at the grand opening on November 14th including the Texarkana Community Ballet. Unable to perform the Annual Nutcracker Ballet due to the COVID pandemic, the dancers will be featured from 9 a.m to noon at the Trade Days opening. There will be nutcracker wooden figurines on sale, opportunities to meet the dancers, and have photo opportunities with them, and a special visitor from the North Pole! Santa and Mrs. Clause will arrive in Texarkana at 1 p.m. and stay until 2:30 p.m. Apparently, the Clause family has heard of Texarkana’s famous 1894 Trade Days and they want to see what all the fuss is about. Naturally, a visit to the 1894 Trade Days by a family as famous as the Clause family sends out a signal to children young and old to come on out and enjoy the day! Continue Reading →

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Chili Cook-Off Saturday Hosted by Texarkana Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall

802 Walton Dr. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Texarkana Harley Davidson

Colder weather, leaves falling, and coats coming out can mean only one thing in Texarkana – It’s time for the 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off hosted by the Texarkana Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall. The organization, a 501 (c) 3 continues to raise funds for a memorial wall to be placed in Texarkana. The wall will serve as a park area, memorial to bikers who have been lost in accidents, and an educational beacon for the continual reminder that motorcycles are on the roads too. The cook-off starts at 11 a.m. this Saturday and will run to 3 p.m. The entry fee is $25 per pot and the community is welcome. For $10 per person, you can get all the chili you can eat. Continue Reading →

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AUSTIN — On Wednesday, November 11th, Texas Land Commissioner and Chairman of the Veterans Land Board George P. Bush will be hosting a virtual Veterans Day ceremony to honor and recognize our nation’s heroes who dedicated their lives to fighting for our freedom. The ceremony will feature keynote remarks by Retired Major General Albert Zapanta, remarks by Veterans Land Board Chairman George P. Bush, the national anthem performed by Operation Encore’s Shannon Book, and the Presentation of Colors by the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. Gen. Zapanta currently serves as the President of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, has previously held numerous Presidential appointments, and was awarded the Silver Star, 5 Bronze Stars for Valor, Purple Heart, and 30 other awards for his service during the Vietnam War. Please join us online to honor our Texas Veterans. Click here to find the livestream. 

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Fouke Monster Halloween Bash at Smith Park

Events October 30-November 1 for Halloween Weekend

Miller County, AR: This year Halloween will be unique because instead of tricks, many people will be worried about COVID. It goes without saying that this “Season of the Ghost and Goblins” will be like none in recent memory. Those worried about COVID are being encouraged to not let it ruin your fun. A weekend-long event is about to start at Smith Park in Miller County. Starting Friday, October 30, and going into Sunday, November 1, Smith Park will host the Fouke Monster Halloween Bash. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana, TX – For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs…who just happened to be there too. It is a tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. Texas High School’s Tiger Theatre Company production of Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic is a 2015 original play by New York-based playwright Matt Cox.  The play is a comedic retelling of the Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling, but from the Puffs’ perspective.  The show has been praised for its comedy and staging. This clever and inventive play “never goes more than a minute without a laugh” (Nerdist) giving the audience a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three potential heroes just trying to make it through a magic school that proves to be very dangerous for children.  Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal outsiders with a thing for badgers “who are so lovable and relatable, you’ll leave the theatre wishing they were in the stories all along” (Hollywood Life).  Their “hilariously heartfelt!” (Metro) and epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be. Cate Rounds, Tiger Theatre Company member and senior Texas High School student takes her first undertaking into directing the production.  After seeing the show last fall, Rounds, a self-confessed “Potterhead,” knew it was something she wanted to do for her senior year. “I have had the most fun with my first time directing,” said Rounds.  “It has been a blast being able to work directly with Mrs. Newton, Mr. Hanna and Mrs. Flieder, along with all of my friends, to create a show that is truly magical.  This show will make you laugh, cry and it will keep you rooting for the underdogs.”


Performances will be Saturday and Monday, November 7 & 9 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. in the John Thomas Theatre, 3941 Summerhill Road.  Tiger Theatre Company will also offer a Live Stream via on Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m.

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